The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited has awarded the contract for immediate installation and energizing of the Owerri Transmission Substation.
The contract, according to a statement issued by the Technical Adviser, Media, NDPHC, ‘Sanya Adejokun, was awarded to Messrs. Ak-AY Elektrik.
The transformers had been installed more than 10 years ago without them either being energized or given adequate preservation.
The statement said they were recently tested by experts who recommended vacuum drying process to remove ingressed moisture trapped inside these four power Transformers.
It added, “It is, therefore, pertinent for them to first be uninstalled and transported to GTA Factory in Lagos for the oven drying and then delivered back to Owerri for final erection and energization.”
Executive Director, Networks at NDPHC, Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele, said in the statement that NDPHC has already dispatched letters to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), intimating them of the development.
According to Oyedele “There was no attempt to steal the transformers. The Indians are workers of GTA, subcontractors to our EPC Contractor, Messrs. Ak-Ay Elektric, who went to take the transformers to their workshop for vacuum drying and testing.”
Oyedele also asked for the cooperation of citizens of Imo State at this time so that the Contractor can immediately commence work and for them to complete the project in record time.
“We thank the Government and people of Imo State for their vigilance and sustained cooperation to ensure the protection and security of government properties and our workers”, Oyedele further said.